Loganair’s new service between City of Derry Airport, (CoDA), and Glasgow International commenced operations this weekend.
Customers departing and arriving on the inaugural flight were treated to light refreshments, entertainment and a beautiful keepsake certificate to mark the occasion.
The Mayor of Derry City and Strabane District Council, Cllr John Boyle formally welcomed Ms Kay Ryan, Commercial Director for Loganair to the airport, following the arrival of the first inaugural flight.
Speaking at the event, he stated “I am delighted that regional operators Loganair are operating this route and providing us with this popular air link between the two cities. Glasgow and Derry have very strong cultural and historic links and I am delighted that these close connections are going to be retained. We have a very good working relationship with Loganair since they first served in the city in 1979 and we are delighted to welcome them back to the airport to operate this hugely successful service for our community,” he added.
Mrs Charlene Shongo, Airport Manager at City of Derry Airport stated: “We are absolutely delighted to welcome Scottish Airline, Loganair, back to City of Derry Airport – this is a very welcome boost for both the Airport and the wider North West region. The new Loganair route to Glasgow International will operate five times per week on a Saab 340 and Saab 2000 aircraft, and then move to an Embraer jet in 2019.
“Loganair offer a convenient, all-inclusive service which includes 20kg hold luggage at no extra charge, assigned seating at check-in and passengers can enjoy complimentary in-flight drinks and snacks on board. Loganair offer discounted fares for children, students and also have a frequent flyer programme to reward frequent flyers.
“The service has already proven very popular with business and leisure travellers throughout the North West with Loganair indicating strong sales to date; as well as acting as a catalyst for in-bound tourism to the region, offering more choice to prospective visitors travelling from Scotland. We look forward to working with Loganair, to maximise the promotion of this new service.
“Additionally, we are especially delighted that Loganair is better connecting the City of Derry with its global airline partners. The Loganair and Emirates interline partnership means customers flying to Glasgow can connect onwards to the world with Emirates flights. In the next few weeks, flights from City of Derry Airport will be bookable at emirates.com, with secure connections, delay protection and through-checked luggage as standard via the Glasgow hub. Furthermore, the Loganair route to Glasgow, is more than just that, it is also a route to the Emirates worldwide network – which includes 150 destinations in 80 countries across six continents.”
Ms Kay Ryan, Loganair’s Commercial Director said: “Loganair has a relationship with City of Derry Airport which spans across three decades, so everyone is extremely excited to have the route in our network map once again.
“The cities and their populations share very close connections, and this is being reflected via ticket sales. Whether it is family ties or football teams, business or leisure, this is a popular link in both the West of Scotland and Derry.
“We’re also pleased to be able to offer onward connections through Glasgow with our large network of airline partnerships including Emirates, KLM, Air France and Thomas Cook, allowing for global travel, often on one-ticket.
Marketing Executive, Maressa McWilliams outlined that fares start from £49.99 one-way and customers can book flights today by visiting www.loganair.co.uk.
Mrs Shongo concluded by stating that “City of Derry Airport has become the airport of choice for the North West of Ireland, offering both convenience and excellent customer service and that I would encourage all travellers within the local catchment to think about flight options from their local airport when making future travel arrangements, asking air passengers to “Think Local and Choose CoDA” whenever they can. “We have fantastic facilities on our doorstep and it is essential that everyone takes advantage of their local airport for their travel plans when possible”.